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The Madagascar national football team, nicknamed Barea (a species of Zebu that is depicted on the country's coat of arms),[3] is the national team of Madagascar and is controlled by the Malagasy Football Federation. It has never qualified for the finals of the World Cup. It will take part in its first Africa Cup of Nations in 2019. Among its biggest wins was a 1–0 home victory over Egypt in the qualification rounds of the 2004 African Cup of Nations. Reflecting the official name of the country at the time, the team was known as the Malagasy Republic national football team between 1958 and 1975.

Madagascar
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Barea
AssociationMalagasy Football Federation
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA
(Southern Africa)
Head coachNicolas Dupuis
CaptainFaneva Andriatsima
Most capsMamisoa Razafindrakoto (75)
Top scorerFaneva Andriatsima (12)
Home stadiumMahamasina Stadium
Rabemananjara Stadium
FIFA codeMAD
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 107 Steady (4 April 2019)[1]
Highest74 (December 1992)
Lowest190 (March 2014)
Elo ranking
Current 123 Decrease 4 (27 March 2019)[2]
Highest64 (December 1964)
Lowest167 (April 2007)
First international
Madagascar 1–2 Mauritius 
(Madagascar; c. 1947)
Biggest win
Madagascar Malagasy Republic 8–1 Congo 
(Antananarivo, Madagascar; 19 April 1960)
Biggest defeat
 Mauritius 7–0 Madagascar
(Réunion; 31 July 1952)
 Congo-Léopoldville 7–0 Malagasy Republic Madagascar
(Congo; 18 July 1965)
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances1 (first in 2019)
Best resultTo be determined

Contents

HistoryEdit

Madagascar made its debut in 1947 in a home match against Mauritius which was lost 2–1. The game was part of a Triangulaire tournament between Madagascar, Mauritius and Reunion. Madagascar's second match was at home to Reunion and saw their first ever win, 4–2. The triangular tournament was staged every year until 1958, and Madagascar's highest-scoring game was on 13 July 1953 when they beat Reunion 6–4 at home. Their worst loss was on 31 July 1952 when they lost 7–0 to Mauritius in Reunion.

Madagascar played against opposition different from Mauritius or Reunion for the first time in 1960, as part of a tournament between French-speaking nations held on the island. In their first match on 15 April 1960 they beat the Upper Volta (now Burkina Faso) 6–1. The second game was a quarter-final against France's amateur side on 17 April and was lost 2–1. On 19 April Madagascar beat the Congo 8–1 in the third-place play-off.

In April 1963, Madagascar entered another competition for French-speaking countries, this time in Senegal, and was placed in a group with Dahomey (now Benin), Liberia and Chad. They opened with a 1–0 win over Dahomey on 11 April, and then beat Chad 2–1 on 13 April and Liberia 3–1 on 15 April. In the semi-finals, Madagascar were beaten 2–1 by Tunisia on 19 April, and then lost 4–1 to France's amateur team in the third-place play-off on 21 April.

In September 1963 the Triangulaire between Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius was reinstated for the first time since 1958. On 15 September they beat Reunion 6–1 at home, and on 18 September drew 1–1 to Mauritius in a home game which was abandoned.[4]

On 16 October 2018, Madagascar qualified to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in their history, after they won 1–0 against Equatorial Guinea.[5][6]

Competitive recordEdit

FIFA World CupEdit

FIFA World Cup record FIFA World Cup qualification record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA Pld W D L GF GA
  1930 Did not exist Did not exist
  1934
  1938
  1950 Did not enter Did not enter
  1954
  1958
  1962
  1966
  1970
  1974 Withdrew Withdrew
  1978 Did not enter Did not enter
  1982 Did not qualify 2 0 1 1 3 4
  1986 2 1 0 1 1 1
  1990 Did not enter Did not enter
  1994 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 7 3
  1998 2 0 1 1 3 4
    2002 10 3 0 7 7 16
  2006 2 0 1 1 3 4
  2010 8 3 3 2 12 9
  2014 2 1 0 1 2 3
  2018 4 1 2 1 7 7
  2022 To be determined To be determined
      2026
Total 0/21 36 12 8 16 42 51

Africa Cup of NationsEdit

Africa Cup of Nations record
Host nation(s) / Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1957 Did not enter
  1959
  1962
  1963
  1965
  1968
  1970
  1972 Did not qualify
  1974
  1976 Withdrew
  1978 Did not enter
  1980 Did not qualify
  1982
  1984
  1986
  1988
  1990 Withdrew
  1992 Did not qualify
  1994 Did not enter
  1996 Withdrew during qualifiers
  1998 Banned for withdrawal from qualifiers in 1996
    2000 Did not qualify
  2002
  2004
  2006
  2008
  2010
  2012
  2013
  2015
  2017
  2019 Qualified
  2021 To be determined
  2023 To be determined
Total 1/32

African GamesEdit

Football at the African Games has been an under-23 tournament since 1991.
African Games record
Year Result GP W D L GS GA
  1965 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1973 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1978 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
  1987 - 0 0 0 0 0 0
1991–present See Madagascar national under-23 football team
Total 4/4 0 0 0 0 0 0

Indian Ocean Island GamesEdit

Indian Ocean Island Games record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
  1979 Did not enter
  1985 Fourth place 4th 2 1 0 1 2 3
  1990 Champions 1st 4 3 1 0 12 1
  1993 Champions 1st 4 4 0 0 10 2
  1998 Runners-up 2nd 4 3 1 0 10 3
  2003 Group stage 5th 2 0 1 1 2 4
  2007 Runners-up 2nd 4 2 2 0 7 0
  2011 Group stage 7th 2 0 1 1 2 3
  2015 Fourth place 4th 5 1 1 3 6 8
Total 2 Titles 8/9 27 14 7 6 51 24

COSAFA CupEdit

COSAFA Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D* L GF GA
2000 Excluded
2001
2002 Quarter-finals 5th 2 1 1 0 3 2
2003 Quarter-finals 7th 2 1 0 1 2 3
2004 Round 1 11th 1 0 0 1 0 2
2005 Round 1 10th 1 0 0 1 0 2
2006 Round 1 13th 2 0 0 2 0 4
2007 Round 1 8th 2 1 0 1 5 1
  2008 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 6 7
  2009 Did not enter
  2013
  2015 Third place 3rd 6 4 1 1 11 7
  2016 Group stage 11th 3 1 1 1 1 1
  2017 Group stage 9th 3 2 1 0 6 1
  2018 Fourth place 4th 6 2 2 2 4 4
Total Third place 11/15 34 14 8 12 38 34

Current squadEdit

The following players were called up for 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Senegal on 23 March 2019 .

No. Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Ibrahima Dabo (1992-07-22) 22 July 1992 (age 26) 8 0   JS Saint-Pierroise
13 1GK Melvin Adrien (1993-08-30) 30 August 1993 (age 25) 2 0   FC Martigues
16 1GK Jean Dieu-Donné Randrianasolo (1989-05-26) 26 May 1989 (age 29) 10 0   CNaPS Sport

4 2DF Toavina Rambeloson (1992-11-26) 26 November 1992 (age 26) 2 0   Arras Football
5 2DF Pascal Razakanantenaina (1987-04-19) 19 April 1987 (age 32) 17 1   JS Saint-Pierroise
3 2DF Thomas Fontaine (1991-05-08) 8 May 1991 (age 28) 2 0   Stade de Reims
22 2DF Jérôme Mombris (1987-11-27) 27 November 1987 (age 31) 1 0   Grenoble
17 2DF Romain Métanire (1990-03-28) 28 March 1990 (age 29) 3 0   Minnesota United
14 2DF Jérémy Morel (1984-04-02) 2 April 1984 (age 35) 2 0   Lyon

12 3MF Anicet Abel (1990-03-13) 13 March 1990 (age 29) 6 1   Ludogorets Razgrad
8 3MF Ibrahim Amada (1990-02-28) 28 February 1990 (age 29) 8 4   MC Alger
6 3MF Marco Ilaimaharitra (1995-07-26) 26 July 1995 (age 23) 1 0   Charleroi
20 3MF Dimitry Caloin (1990-05-08) 8 May 1990 (age 29) 3 0   Les Herbiers VF
8 3MF Zotsara Randriambololona (1994-04-22) 22 April 1994 (age 25) 5 0   Fleury 91
19 3MF Romario Baggio (1998-01-01) 1 January 1998 (age 21) 8 0   Fosa Juniors FC

23 4FW Carolus Andriamatsinoro (1989-07-06) 6 July 1989 (age 29) 21 4   Al-Adalh FC
9 4FW Faneva Imà Andriatsima (1984-06-03) 3 June 1984 (age 34) 31 11   Clermont Foot
12 4FW Lalaina Nomenjanahary (1986-06-01) 1 June 1986 (age 32) 28 2   Paris FC
11 4FW Paulin Voavy (1987-11-10) 10 November 1987 (age 31) 29 8   Misr Lel Makkasa
21 4FW William Gros (1992-03-31) 31 March 1992 (age 27) 2 0   Vitré
25 4FW Njiva Rakotoharimalala (1992-08-06) 6 August 1992 (age 26) 23 7   Samut Sakhon

Recent call-upsEdit

The following players have been called up for Madagascar.

Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club Latest call-up
GK Joma (1991-12-20) 20 December 1991 (age 27) 1 0   AS Jet Mada 2018 COSAFA Cup

DF Mario Bakary (1988-01-01) 1 January 1988 (age 31) 8 0   Sainte-Marienne v.   Senegal, 9 September 2018
DF Tobisoa Njakanirina (1987-01-21) 21 January 1987 (age 32) 21 0   CNaPS Sport v.   Senegal, 9 September 2018
DF Ando Rakotondrazaka (1987-05-12) 12 May 1987 (age 32) 25 0   CNaPS Sport v.   Senegal, 9 September 2018
DF Fabien Boyer (1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 (age 28) 18 0   Grenoble v.   Kosovo, 24 March 2018
DF Albert Rafetraniaina (1996-09-09) 9 September 1996 (age 22) 3 0   Nice(rés) v.   Kosovo, 24 March 2018
DF Mamy Gervais Randrianarisoa (1984-11-07) 7 November 1984 (age 34) 26 1   JS Saint-Pierroise v.   Kosovo, 24 March 2018

MF Arohasina Andrianarimanana (1991-08-16) 16 August 1991 (age 27) 9 0   Kaizer Chiefs v.   Comoros, 24 March 2018
MF Rayan Raveloson (1997-01-16) 16 January 1997 (age 22) 0 0   Troyes v.   Comoros, 24 March 2018

FW Rinjala Raherinaivo (1998-05-25) 25 May 1998 (age 20) 10 2   FC Sion(rés) v.   Senegal, 9 September 2018
FW Jaotombo Bourahim (1990-11-15) 15 November 1990 (age 28) 10 2   Sainte-Marienne v.   Senegal, 9 September 2018
FW Charles Gladyson (1989-04-26) 26 April 1989 (age 30) 3 0   Sainte-Marienne v.   Comoros, 24 March 2018

DEC Player refused to join the team after the call-up.
INJ Player withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
PRE Preliminary squad.
RET Player has retired from international football.
SUS Suspended from the national team.

List of coachesEdit

Fixtures and resultsEdit

2018Edit

2019Edit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 4 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
  2. ^ Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 27 March 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2019.
  3. ^ Star: African National Team Nicknames
  4. ^ Madagascar – List of International Matches
  5. ^ "Africa Cup of Nations: Egypt, Tunisia, Senegal, Madagascar qualify for the finals". BBC. 16 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Madagascar reaches first African Cup, Egypt also qualifies". The Washington Post. 16 October 2018.
  7. ^ https://www.fifa.com/fifa-tournaments/players-coaches/people=95836/index.html
  8. ^ https://www.fifa.com/fifa-tournaments/players-coaches/people=184896/index.html
  9. ^ https://www.fifa.com/fifa-tournaments/players-coaches/people=63673/index.html

External linksEdit